Twitter Shares Its Top Trends, Hashtags of 2015

#ICYMI in 2015...

A few decades ago, if you wanted a recap on what went down over the last 365 days, you would have to wait for a national newspaper’s “Year in Review” or one of those dreaded “In Memoriam” segments during the Oscars.

Today, all you need to do is check your timeline for information and your newspapers for validation. It’s that easy.

Twitter adores its place in the information age because it is more than a platform for social media, but a data storehouse for social change. This year mirrors that sentiment better than a selfie.

Can you guess any of 2015’s top trends and hashtags?


On January 7, 12 people were killed at the offices of the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Offended Muslims believed the artists made fun of Mohammed, and so, they had to die. #JeSuisCharlie became more than a statement in support of the slain journalists; it was the rallying cry for the freedom of self-expression.


From George Zimmerman’s bigoted “law enforcement” of Trayvon Martin to the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo, rioting ensued and unrest remained. There’s no excuse for vandals tearing up a city but the catalyst for the crime was the visual of white cops killing black men. That sparked an international outcry against profiling, injustice and a reckoning.


An experience few of us will forget because it was the equivalent of that country’s 9/11. One day, we made fun of the French for their snobbishness and their attitude. The next, we were galvanized to stop a common enemy in ISIS. The savage terror ran through the evening streets in Paris as the world watched innocents being carried into hospitals or lying dead in the street. It was haunting.


In what has to be one of the most historic and liberating moments in U.S. history, the United States Supreme Court guaranteed the rights of same-sex couples to marry forcing most … say, backwoods country bumpkin county clerks to recognize their legal right to join in the bonds of matrimony.


Brilliant kid goes to school for a science fair of sorts with a homemade clock. Shows said clock to his science teacher, who then asks said kid to keep it in his backpack. Then, some naive teacher hears ticking in a backpack belonging to a cute kid — who happens to be of Middle Eastern descent — and accuses him of terrorism. The entire world stood with Ahmed as he sat down and enjoyed the benefits of our stupidity support.

Famous people trended for a moment, but they don’t count, because they could tweet, “Good morning” and get 15K likes. Yet, if you’re so inclined for a recap, Twitter even made a cute video: